One of the most common types of injuries resulting from car accidents is whiplash. Like the name implies, whiplash involves the head whipping about upon impact, stretching beyond its normal range of motion, straining the muscles and ligaments. Overstretching in this area can result in pain ranging from moderate to severe. Sometimes, pain from whiplash doesn’t surface for a day or two after the accident.
In addition to pain, some whiplash victims experience headaches, dizziness, and ringing ears. When accident victims speak with the insurance company about their injuries, in many cases, the insurance company will attempt to minimize the injury, saying something to the effect of “It’s only whiplash.” Some insurance adjusters have been trained to rename whiplash as “minimal impact soft tissue” injury, making it seem less severe than it actually is.
Calling whiplash a minimal impact soft tissue injury is an oversimplification and just plain incorrect. Whiplash can be very serious, and can differ in severity depending on the vehicle’s platform or chassis. When chassis are softer, they can absorb a greater impact before transferring that force to the occupants of the vehicle. If you are in the market for a new car, keep in mind how much metal the car has around it to absorb the shock of an impact.
If you or someone you love suffered whiplash in a car accident, contact Florida Accident Lawyer Wes Pittman. The Pittman Firm, P.A. represents car crash victims throughout Florida’s panhandle and beyond. Get in touch with the firm for a free consultation.